University of Edinburgh

SSC Course 17: Multi-Sensory Referencing & Objects of Reference

Presented on Thursday, 7th May, 2015

Courses evaluation summary

Number of Participants: 31
Number of Respondents: 29

Overall Assessment: 

How would you rate the following: Excellent = 1; Poor = 5

Enhancement to your expertise


Content and supplementary material


How will you use what you have learned today?

Implement Objects of Reference at school. Consider how to improve sensory cues around school.
To introduce this in more depth into school.
Will implement Objects of Reference in my class as a trial before possibly extending to school.
Sharing info with colleagues. Introducing with children on caseload.
Passing information to school staff to implement better practice in use of Multi-Sensory Referencing and Objects of Reference.
To promote choice for the learner and to be more aware of my own prompting/assuming behaviour.
Will be able to apply what I have learned to my current post to support. To support education staff and colleagues to introduce Objects of Reference.
Take back to management and class team. Read website info. Plan how to implement changes into daily practice.
Introduce bags and the approach exactly as suggested with one of our pupils.
To support Objects of Reference use in PMLD school. To increase colleague awareness of Objects of Reference and its use.
Share with work colleagues and implement in the classroom.
In my role as a peripatetic Visual Impairment Teacher, I visit many children in various establishments age 0-19. This means also that I visit young children with complex learning difficulties, so what I have learned will be useful in my practice and passing on information.
To create Objects of Reference bags.
I will be able to create a bag of Objects of Reference for the pupils who need it.
Disseminate information to rest of the staff on what I learned about striving towards a total communication environment.
With pupils who have profound learning difficulties. To disseminate the ideas to staff.
Will certainly look to the way we operate Objects of Reference in school; clearly we need to make some changes.
Some good ideas that I think will be useful in our primary department.
I will share ideas with peers and try out some of sensory cues and Objects of Reference ideas.
As I work as a peripatetic teacher, I will be able to help advise/support nursery staff on selecting appropriate objects for individual children. Share information with staff, as appropriate.
Implement some new techniques into current practice.
Rules of Objects of Reference to strive to create a multi-sensory environment with shared Objects of Reference throughout school.
Being new to complex learning needs education, I will now understand why and how to use.
I am very new to my role and will use new skills to help children to communicate more effectively - particularly very young (nursery and pre-school) - making choices.
I use Objects of Reference, but will try and use them as assessment to find level of understanding. Will adapt to suit school and pupils.
I have learned to assess my own teaching and think about how I can improve my classroom practice and reflect on how I approach transitions, teaching tasks, etc.
Will implement it with some children to reduce anxieties and help with understanding.

How would you rate the following: Excellent = 1; Poor = 5

Clarity of presentation


Pacing of course/event



What was best about the course/event?

Great variety to presentation. Great combination of theory and practice. All course content very relevant. Framework, i.e. stages.
More about Objects of Reference, multi-sensory referencing.
Lots of examples. Clear idea of what to do to implement this in school.
Access to resources/website.
Learning to use new tools and strategies to aid communication with learners.
All points explained clearly and in a good way related to experience, which made it easier to remember and follow.
Practical - presenter easy to listen to.
Information sharing with colleagues. Learning ways to improve my practice.
I really enjoyed the visual aspects - seeing the video. And, I will download presentation from the website.
Some interesting tips to do in my classroom.
Speaker's anecdotes and knowledge about this topic. Really learnt a lot.
Specific ideas/tips for improving communication/behaviour which is unwanted. String switch uses.
Practical suggestions. The videos
AM session excellent and full of very relevant information. PM pace and clarity dwindled.
The leader was approachable and clearly passionate about the subject. Very inspiring.
I found the Objects of Reference information very interesting and there are a lot of ideas I will try with my new intake class in August.
Wealth of practical ideas and anecdotes shared with passion. Prompted deeper thinking about suitable objects for use.
AM was really informative - lots of really interesting information. PM - a little longwinded, but nevertheless a worthwhile course.
Practical examples provided from presenter's own expertise and experience.
Informal and questions answered in a way that would work in a school.
Found presenter's passion very motivating. Clarity supported by anecdotes. Very keen to go to website to support my understanding.
Lots of basic information to help build thinking skills. Work in 'here and now' and 'give and go'.
Interesting to find out about Objects of Reference and sensory processing.

What, if anything, could have been improved about the course?

More time for info in the morning session to be explored more thoroughly.
An overview of strategies with MLD/ASD or more discussion around how to adapt Objects of Reference would have been advantageous.
A little time set apart so participants could discuss their own experiences and how what we learned today could be rolled out.
Was a lot of info packed into the short space of time. May have been more beneficial to have content more spread out.
A lot of information for a short period of time.
Sitting for too long. More practical engagement activities to break it up.
It started earlier than itinerary stated!!! PowerPoint handout in pack?
Joining instruction stated 9:30 start. Programme stated 10:00 start. Impact on travel arrangements! direction to actual venue were not at all clear and person at reception desk wasn't clear either. Very stressful start to the day! Could have started at 9:30 and finished at 3:30 (not 4:00) - long journey home. Handouts would have enhanced experience and made note taking more selective. As it was, I took far more notes than was probably necessary.
I would like to have downloaded the information from the website prior to the course.
Pace quite quick. Group tasks would have been nice to break up day. A lot of the day we were being talked at. Clear presentation, but would have appreciated notes/PowerPoint slides on day.
More activities/opportunities for discussion.
Would have liked it at the beginning of school year. Into groups or workshops to move and discuss.
A wee bit rushed as there was a lot to get through! It was good to have some clips of poor practice - could be improved by showing some examples of best practice.

How did you hear about this course?

Course Info Email from SSC: 1
Co-ordinator/Line Manager: 21
SSC eBulletin: 1
Colleague: 4
SSC Website: 1

What other training would you like the SSC to provide?

Any other CPD on profound and multiple learning disabilities/sensory curriculum.
Intensive interaction
The developmental journal.
Note taking for hearing impaired pupils.
Techniques to stop/re-focus 'stimming'.
Using 'sensory rooms' effectively.